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A goal from former Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao, who has scored in four consecutive games against the Spanish side, sealed a shock win for Los Franjirrojos.
:large_blue_circle::red_circle: Memphis Depay won a penalty and gave himself a chance to equalise for Barca...
..but then he saw his spot kick SAVED! :grimacing: pic.twitter.com/2DPhfbBBxq
- Premier Sports (@PremierSportsTV) October 27, 2021
A statement read: "FC Barcelona has relieved Ronald Koeman of his duties as first-team coach. The president of the club, Joan Laporta, informed him of the decision after the defeat against Rayo Vallecano.
"Ronald Koeman will say goodbye to the squad on Thursday at the Ciutat Esportiva. FC Barcelona wishes to thank him for his service to the Club and wishes him all the best in his professional career."
FC Barcelona has relieved Ronald Koeman of his duties as first team coach
- FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 27, 2021
Club president Laporta and those behind the scenes are now looking for a suitable replacement and, according to Spanish publication Cadena Cope, they are intent on appointing Xavi as manager.
In fact, Xavi, who is currently in charge of Qatar club Al Sadd, is already believed to be in negotiations with his former club.
Barcelona board started contacts with Xavi weeks ago. Talks will continue today to check the situation with Al-Sadd and resolve issues. Announcement not imminent yet - process just started :large_blue_circle::red_circle: #FCB
Xavi wants Barça job.
Sergi Barjuan option if FCB will need an 'interim' coach. pic.twitter.com/AMT0O4uc2g
- Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) October 28, 2021
Somebody who is also keen on seeing Xavi at the helm is Lionel Messi, a player who spent many trophy-laden years playing alongside him at the Camp Nou.
The report adds that before he left to join Paris Saint-Germain in August, the six-time Ballon d'Or winner wanted his former teammate to replace Koeman.
The 41-year-old expressed his interest in the role last week in an interview with 20 Minutos.
"My ideal is to coach Barca, that is my goal and my dream and I have never hidden it," he said.
"I don't know if it will happen or not, whether they even need me or not, but for the moment I'm also happy at Al Sadd and very proud of being here.
"If any offer comes, it will be evaluated and then we will try to decide, but for the time being I'm very happy here."
"It is my dream to coach Barcelona" - Xavi pic.twitter.com/bqfLYBoLmL
- Ankur (@AnkurMessi_) October 28, 2021
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